Chapter 18 is in the midst of the chapters that focus on the perspective of a woman name Babylon. Although her name is associated with the city that the Israelites were once exiled in, she represents all of the seductive aspects of life throughout history. In one of the longest chapters in Revelation, it is made clear that even the things which we and our society value the most will be reduced to ashes.
Once the allurement brought about by human greed is destroyed, the rest of society (vs. 9-20) crumbles away. All of the treasures and desires that seem so tempting now drive so much of the work we do as a society, and when the treasures go away, everything else seems to fall down with it (vs. 21-24).
The big lesson for you in chapter 18 comes in v4-5:
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “ ‘Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes.'"
You've been given a huge gift by being able to read the book of Revelation. You know how things will turn out in the end. You know the things of this world will not last. Therefore, listen to this voice from heaven, and escape from the clutches of being addicted to the allurements of society.
Prayer For The Day: Dear Father, thank you for this reminder that the things that look so bright & shiny here in this world will quickly fade away. Thank you for adopting me into your kingdom and giving me the promise that I will live in the light of your glory for ever and ever. Amen.